CGH sponsored the first annual case competition with leadership from the Chicago Health Solutions student group. The case competition gave students the opportunity to pitch innovative public health solutions to Chicago health professionals, government officials, health consultants, and community workers. This year’s case was focused on increasing access to healthy foods in the neighborhood of Englewood in regards to the Whole Foods slated to open in the area in 2016. A total of ten teams participated, made up of undergraduates and graduate students representing diverse majors and interests. Presentations were followed up with a reception for participants and judges.
First place went to H4. Their team proposed a multi-pronged solution aimed at making food easier to buy through a delivery service, by bundling ingredients for meals, and through selling more produce at local corner stores. The team was made up of students from Booth, Denis Casaubon, Meng-Yang Chen, Jennifer Lopez, and Janos Pasztor. The runners up were National Health Solutions, a team of undergraduates, Maryann Deyling, Casey Kim, Preethi Raju, Yixuan Song and Karen Yang. The winners received $1000 and $500 respectively.
Thank you to all participating teams and mentors. And a big thanks to our judges for the final presentations who included; Raed Mansour: Executive Assistant to the Chicago Public Health Department Commissioner, Michael Bashaw: Whole Food’s Regional President for the Midwest, Eileen Hyde: Director of Network Engagement for the Collaborating for Clients Initiative at Feeding America, Salina Flores: Greater Chicago Area Teacher, Rashanah Baldwin: Journalist, Radio Host, & Co-founder of Resident Association of Greater Englewood, Christa Velasquez: Senior Advisor at The Giving Practice.